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New Booster Seat Law

Charisse Esperanza Charisse Esperanza
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Charisse Esperanza shops for booster seats for her two young children Charisse Esperanza shops for booster seats for her two young children
A new booster law takes effect on January 1, 2006 A new booster law takes effect on January 1, 2006

by: Joann Shin

(KHNL) - With two young kids and one on the way, Charisse Esperanza is all about safety, especially when driving with her two boys. "This one has a regular seat and that one has a booster," explained Esperanza.

Soon, children between four and seven years old will need a booster seat, when traveling in a car.

Esperanza already puts 4 year old Jaden in one.

She said, "Because I care for my kids and now a days there are a lot of accidents going on."

But store owner Tom Kim says not every parent is aware of the changes.

"Apparently a lot of them are surprised that there is a new law," explained Kim, who owns Baby Emporium.

Booster seats cost between $40 and $250 dollars.

Features range from an adjustable head rest to a 5 point harness.

According to Kim, "You want to get a booster seat that has a seat back, where it actually adjusts the seat belt position, so that the seat belt goes right over the child's shoulder and right at the chest, the strongest part."

The seat belt should also rest low and tight across the lap

Kim says a seat belt alone won't provide a child enough protection during an accident.

Kim said with just a seat belt, "In an severe accident, the child would actually go into the seat and would be right around the child's neck area"

A booster seat isn't required, if a child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches or there are only lap belts in the back seat.

For Esperanza she won't leave home without one.

She said, "I feel much better because at least I know I put my kid in a car seat."

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